An amphibious airplane crashed in the commune Generac while battling a forest fire in the French province of Gard, France Info reported.
The incident occurred with the airplane Tracker, whose reservoirs house no less than 3.4 tonnes of water. The aircraft was dispatched to put out the devastating wildfires that have been raging in the region since early this week.
According to the municipal authorities cited by French media, the pilot, who was the only crew member aboard the plane, was killed in the incident. Emergency services are working at the scene.
🔴🔴 INFORMATION DRAMATIQUE : CRASH D'UN AVION BOMBARDIER D'EAU 🔴🔴— Météo Languedoc (@MeteoLanguedoc) August 2, 2019
Il y a plusieurs minutes que nous avons reçu l'information mais nous souhaitions la vérifier avant de la publier. Un canadair s'est écrasé sur l'incendie de Générac.
Vidéo: Julien Lea Coste pour @MeteoLanguedoc pic.twitter.com/o6kViCw5Dk
On Friday, Generac saw as much as 130 ha devoured by the fire, which makes it around 500 ha of the woods burnt in the area overall since Tuesday.